Name: Cheryl Poage
Profession: Retired from South Metro Fire Rescue. Currently works part time with the U.S. Fire Adminstration
My love of Parker started in the '70s, and I am very concerned about the loss of the caring community that I know. Additionally, the impacts from the excessive growth have already impacted traffic and quality of life.
I have the experience and the education to effectively manage that position; I want to lend my strengths to preserve our quality of life, and change the direction of town goals and policies. I have a degree in public policy and administration and have worked in or with local, county, state, and several agencies in the federal government.I have lived in Parker since 1972 and immediately became involved in local issues. Parker City Land Company declared bankruptcy, leaving 10 families in Rowley Downs without water, roads and intermittent power.
Following that, I became involved with local park issues and worked with Douglas County to build the first swimming pool and tennis court in Parker at O'Brien Park. I continued with my work with the Douglas County Parks and Open Space Commission and the beginning of a regional park system.
In 1981, with the incorporation of Parker; my family was heavily involved with the initial development of the town, there were only 110 registered voters.
In 1991, I started the Parks and Open Space Commission with a group of concerned citizens and succeeded in starting the Cherry Creek Trail, establishing additional parks, the recreation center, implementing planning policy to ensure that new developments provided their share of impact fees and pocket parks, and passing a funding mechanism to fund future parks and recreation which is still providing these resources in Parker.
During this time, I started volunteer service with Parker Fire in 1975 and became a volunteer firefighter in 1981 and continue to work with local, state, and federal entities to enhance the safety of our community. I retired after 42 years of service.
My four children went to local schools and graduated from Ponderosa High School and three of my grandchildren graduated from Legend High School.
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